NFL Picks Week 5: Philadelphia Eagles Set to Rebound Against Buffalo Bills

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NFL Picks Week 5: Philadelphia Eagles Set to Rebound Against Buffalo Bills
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The Philadelphia Eagles have struggled to a 1-3 start in 2011, a season that started with high expectations.

The Philadelphia Eagles stand at 1-3, staring down the barrel of what could be the most disappointing season in franchise history.

In the last three games, the Eagles' highly touted, retooled defense has shown that despite the new faces, the result is not very different from a year ago when the Birds were among the worst teams in the NFL in red-zone defense.

The "D" has relinquished three straight fourth quarter leads and the offense, in an even more surprising twist, has sputtered when it matters most. If those problems weren't enough, the kicking game is suspect at best, with Alex Henery missing two chip shots in last week's game. Two chip shots that, despite all their troubles, would have secured an Eagles victory.

Eagles fans are in panic mode. The calls for a coaching shakeup are louder than ever and, if it weren't for the Phillies postseason run offering a welcome respite for fans, the city of Philadelphia would sure have revolted against the Eagles' brass by now.

This week the Eagles will face the upstart Bills, who are 3-1 and, frankly, should be 4-0. Ryan Fitzpatrick has led the offense to a torrid start and no-names like Fred Jackson, Stevie Johnson, David Nelson and Scott Chandler are among the league leaders in production at their respective positions.

The odds are stacked against the Birds, but Eagles fans may breathe a little easier come Monday because, this week, the Eagles will pull out a victory in Buffalo.

Here are five reasons the Philadelphia Eagles will sit at 2-3 come the end of the day on Sunday.

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